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Xfce 4.18 for Linux released: Resource-saving desktop gets a makeover

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The free and modular desktop environment Xfce 4.18 for Unix and for Unix-like operating systems such as distributions based on the Linux system kernel is the first new edition in around 24 months. The successor to Xfce 4.16, which was released in December 2020, has been visually and functionally upgraded.

Xfce follows Gnome and KDE Plasma

After the two large desktops that dominate in the Linux environment, Gnome and KDE Plasma, have received numerous updates including function extensions in recent months, it is now the turn of the resource-saving but no less modular Xfce desktop and is getting its first major release since two years.

The new Xfce desktop version 4.18 (Image: Xfce)

Xfce 4.18, which was developed under version number 4.17 and acts as the successor to Xfce 4.16, is intended to offer initial support for the free Wayland display server protocol via the following applications for the first time, as work environments such as Gnome and Plasma have already demonstrated.

The most important innovations relate in particular to the following in-house applications and components:

  • Thunar
  • Xfce4 dict
  • Xfce4 terminal
  • Xfce4 task manager
  • Mousepad
  • ristretto
  • cat fish
  • gigolo

However, the developers have not yet revealed whether the free desktop will one day aim for full support for Wayland. The project has provisionally summarized the other short-term business games for the integration of the free display server protocol in a Wayland roadmap intended for this purpose.

The in-house file manager is the focus

Among other things, the in-house file manager Thunar is to experience major changes, which now for the first time supports a two-window view that is activated via the F3 key and offers a new search symbol in the address bar for recursive searches. In the future, the metadata will be output at the bottom edge, while the main menu has been cleaned up and clearly decluttered.

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Thunar – File Manager (Image: Xfce)

The preview function, for example for images, has also been further improved and can now be configured both as a side panel and in the form of a standalone view. The file manager is becoming significantly more flexible and customizable overall.

Thunar – File Manager (Image: Xfce)

An improved list view, favorites that are easier to manage and a new highlight function that can be used to highlight files in color round off the extensive Thunar update as part of Xfce 4.18.

Other new features in Xfce 4.18

In addition to the file manager, the actual desktop, workspace panels, library for widgets, and native thumbnail service have received numerous innovations, while the new shortcut editor has made its way into Thunar, the Xfce terminal, and mousepad.

The other innovations of Xfce 4.18 read as follows:

  • The dialog for entering file names has been improved so that erroneous entries should be caught better and useful hints added. For example, users are notified if file names begin or end with a space.
  • Also new is a shortcut editor that gives users a graphical user interface for defining keyboard shortcuts. Currently limited to Thunar, the Xfce terminal and mouse pad, this function is to be expanded in the near future.
  • The thumbnail service (“Tumbler”) has received performance improvements for the scheduler and new overwrite options.
  • In addition, the DateTime plugin and the Clock plugin have been merged into a single plugin, which should simplify and accelerate development and product maintenance. The new plugin gets a new binary time mode and a sleep monitor for the first time.
The new clock panel widget for Xfce 4.18
The new clock panel as a widget for Xfce 4.18 (Image: Xfce)

The developers have summarized further innovations, optimizations and error corrections in the Xfce 4.18 tour on the official website of the project.

Xfce 4.18 is already officially available

Xfce 4.18 is already available for download in source code form on the official website. In addition, it can be assumed that the new version will also be included in the corresponding repositories of well-known distributions in a timely manner.

The YouTube channel “Linux Scoop”, which specializes in Linux, shows how flexible and adaptable the Xfce desktop is. It gives the desktop a completely unique look in just a few steps.

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The best contents of the week in MuyPymes

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As every Sunday we end the week with a new review of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes. This compilation will allow you to find the most important information of the last seven days just one click away. Have a good Monday.

  • How Digital Transformation enables the four-day work week.
  • Production with robots would be paralyzed for weeks, in the event of a cyber attack.
  • These are the main novelties that the self-employed will face in the next two years.
  • Renting Finders joins the Lanzadera program.
  • How do I know if I’m eligible for Windows 11?
  • Cybercriminals are using OneNote to spread malware.
  • 85% of Spanish workers will not ask for a salary increase this year.
  • 70% of Spanish managers avoid the mental health problems of their teams.
  • What future does face-to-face events hold: the opinion of the expert.
  • The Christmas campaign closed with an increase in online purchases of 13%.
  • Four reasons why consumers opt for chatbots.
  • Google for Startups creates a specialized cybersecurity program.
  • Samsung will launch the new Galaxy Book3 on February 1.
  • Canon reinforces its digital services thanks to its Document Services Hub.
  • 86% of users will prefer pay-as-you-go over long-term licenses.
  • Digital workers do not want to return to the office: 80% would leave the job.
  • Four out of 10 self-employed expect a drop in activity due to inflation.
  • NVIDIA launches new Studio Drivers drivers, we review their keys.
  • Sony introduces new Crystal LED BH and CH series monitors.
  • Epson and Yuima Nakazato together for a sustainable future in the world of fashion.
  • AOC launches its new range of P3 monitors for professionals.
  • New NUC with Intel Alder Lake-N CPU, powerful and compact.
  • Acer launches a 16-inch ultraportable with 4K resolution.

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The most frequent problems regarding time control

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As indicated from Woffu, time control managementIn addition to being a legal necessity, it is one of the main headaches for HR managers. The company highlights the main difficulties when it comes to managing the presence and absence of workers and how to solve them.

Waste of time solving incidents

One of the main problems that HR managers encounter is the time invested in solving incidents caused by disconnected tools, which do not have the technology to integrate vacations and absences with the presence in the same tool.

Many companies manage absence requests by email, paper or Excel sheets, for example, which do not allow them to attach supporting documents. In this way, as they point out from Woffu “team leaders waste hours and hours searching for and requesting receipts, reviewing who is working and who is not available. This prevents them from focusing on valuable tasks.”

Non-digitized HR processes

In the same way, one of the obstacles in the management of time control is the lack of digitization. Since the Time Control Law does not specify whether it must be done with a tool designed for it, there are many companies that choose for continuing to register on paper or in Excel sheets. “Companies waste a lot of time by manually recording the hours worked and the reasons for absence, in addition to the fact that the margin of error is greater and the data obtained is not reliable”, They comment from Woffu.

In addition, in many companies, the tools used do not allow managing the signing of a hybrid work model or a work model only remotely. Therefore, by not having this digitization, the company lacks data and information that helps to understand its reality, such as the absenteeism rate, departments that telework the most, etc.

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Lack of visibility of the days of absence and presence

Another of the common problems is that the company usually lacks visibility of the days of absence and presence of employees or between teams. This translates into a waste of time asking or searching emails or notifications for the availability of the rest of the team. Related to that lack of visibility is the fact that employees may believe that their overtime is not being recorded. This leads to disgruntled and distrustful employees.

Tools that do not meet the needs

It may happen that HR software has been hired, but when employees and managers use it to record the workday, or to request medical hours, the tool does not meet usability standards. Or it does not allow a real-time connection with visualization on any device. In this case, it is best to test the tool before entering into a deal. Make sure that it is user friendly and that it responds to the needs of both employees and HR managers. We must try to make the use of the labor registration tool as easy and bearable as possible, so it will be possible to ensure its daily use and full adoption by the workforce.

Time Control Law

Despite the fact that it has been more than four years since the implementation of the Control Law, it is still an aspect of business management that continues to generate controversy and controversy. In fact, according to data published by Grupo SPEC, half of the companies would not pass an inspection by the hourly register three years after the law. In fact, from September 2019 to May 2022, inspectors have detected a total of 3,299 violations in the registration of working hours throughout Spain and have imposed a total of 4.7 million euros in fines.

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Acer launches a 16-inch ultraportable with 4K resolution

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The new Acer Swift Edge is presented as a new high-performance ultraportable, and despite everything it maintains a very contained weight. This computer comes configured with a Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U APU, a chip that can be configured with a Zen 3+ CPU and a Radeon 680M GPU based on RDNA2 architecture. The processor has 8 cores and 16 threads at 2.7 GHz base frequency and 4.7 GHz speed in turbo mode, and the GPU has 768 shaders.

Despite being a low power solution, that APU is capable of delivering an excellent level of performance, and its integrated GPU can outperform dedicated solutions like the NVIDIA MX450so it’s a really interesting APU. The memory configuration that Acer has used in this equipment impresses, since we have a total of 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory at 6,400 MHz in the most powerful version, which translates into high bandwidth.

The screen of the Acer Swift Edge is 16 inches, you can mount a OLED panel with 4K resolution capable of reproducing 100% of the DCI-P3 color space and is TUV RHEINLAND certified, indicating both high quality color reproduction and low blue light emissions. The rest of its specifications are completed with a 1 TB M.2 SSD with PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and a FullHD webcam.

The range of connectors that the Acer Swift Edge brings is up to the equipment, and we can highlight the presence of two USB 4 connectors, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, a 3.5 mm jack and an HDMI output. In its base configuration, this equipment weighs only 1.17 kilograms, its chassis is made of a magnesium aluminum alloy and offers a range of up to 7 and a half hours for each battery charge. Its price will be 1,200 euros in its base configuration.

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